Sharon Ravenscroft Estate Planning Blog
Increase in the Estate Tax Exclusion- No change in the Present Gift Exclusion
The amount that can now be passed estate tax free is $5.45 million. With proper provisions in a trust or Will, a married couple can pass twice that amount or $10.9 million estate tax free when the couple both have died. There has not been any change to the annual present gift exemption which allows $15,000 to be given per recipient each year without having to file a gift tax return.